Making sense of Windows 10
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: CWF03
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Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Windows 10 is the most powerful operating system that Microsoft has ever made, but it's also the most complex. This course will help you get to grips with its new features and enable you to make the most of its features such as the Cortana voice assistant, Edge browser and multiple desktops. You will focus on the different menus including the Start menu and the learn about the desktop environment and how it differs from previous versions of Windows. You will learn how to customise Windows 10 – for example by adding keyboard shortcuts – and change settings. You will focus on and learn how to make the most of the ‘tiles’ system and the different apps. We will look at how to pin items to the start menu and taskbar, how to use file explorer and how to manage your files and folders as well as search and view your drives and files. You will learn how to make the most of Cortana, Windows 10's built-in digital assistant and how it can help you gather important information, manage your schedule, send messages, ring your phone and more. We will also look at Edge, the default Microsoft browser, and practise common actions like blocking pop-ups, managing favourites and sending web notes. Finally, we will focus on security issues such as protecting your passwords and also troubleshooting any issues.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We aim to cover the following:
• the different menus including the Start menu and learning about the desktop environment and how it differs from previous versions of Windows
• how to customise Windows 10 – for example by adding keyboard shortcuts – and change settings
• how to make the most of the ‘tiles’ system and the different apps
• how to pin items to the start menu and taskbar
• how to use file explorer and manage your files and folders as well as search and view your drives and files
• how to make the most of Cortana, Windows 10's built-in digital assistant, and how it can help you gather important information, manage your schedule, send messages, ring your phone and more
• Edge, the default Microsoft browser, and practise common actions like blocking pop-ups, managing favourites and sending web notes
• security issues such as protecting your passwords
• troubleshooting any issues.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
do some or all of the below:
• use Windows 10 with increased confidence
• use the different menus including the Start menu
• identify key features of the desktop environment, navigate around it and identify how it differs from previous versions of Windows
• customise Windows 10 – for example by adding keyboard shortcuts – and change settings
• make the most of the ‘tiles’ system and the different apps
• pin items to the start menu and taskbar
• use file explorer and manage your files and folders as well as search and view your drives and files
• make the most of Cortana, Windows 10's built-in digital assistant, and use it to gather important information, manage your schedule, send messages, ring your phone
• use Edge, the default Microsoft browser, to complete common actions such as blocking pop-ups, managing favourites and sending web notes
• use Window 10’s security elements – for example to protect your passwords
• troubleshoot a variety of issues.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed to help anyone new to Windows 10 or who has been using it but wants to use it more efficiently. You should be able to use a mouse and keyboard and be familiar with basics computer use but no specialist knowledge or skills is required. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions and take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class. Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks and functions, with guidance from the tutor. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can achieve challenging aims in an enjoyable and productive way. You will have lots of opportunities to practise as well as understand what you are doing and why. Everyone will be encouraged to participate and interact in a way that is best for them, including working in pairs and groups, as well as on your own. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please also bring a folder, pens and paper. There are no additional costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is part of our general digital skills programme. There are a number of courses you could do either at the same time or after this course. We have our Complete Course for Beginners series, which includes:
a) Becoming confident on your computer
b) Becoming confident on the Internet: setting up, searching, security, safety
c) Becoming confident with emails and internet communication
c) Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginners
d) Becoming confident in file management on your PC
e) Becoming confident with mobile data: managing and syncing your files across your laptop, smartphone and tablet
f) Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and collaborating
We also have courses with qualifications such as: ECDL Level 1 award, ECDL Certificate Levels 2 and 3. We run a number of courses aimed specifically at the digital skills needed to work in an office or other administrative environment. For example, we run courses in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel where you will study what you need to work in an office. We also run a general course called IT Skills for the Office: an introduction or intermediate. You might also be interested in our How to be an Administrator series. Your tutor will advise you on the best course. You can also call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.
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